Gizmodo reports this evening that Psystar, the company that I reported to be building the OpenMac in my previous post, is ready to take on Apple in courts if need be. A representative from Psystar explains that Apple’s EULA for OS X violates “U.S. monopoly laws.” Another Psystar empolyee gave this example about Apple’s EULA for OS X: “What if Honda said that, after you buy their car, you could only drive it on the roads they said you could?“
I for one am happy that someone is challenging Apple to their monopoly over OS X and the lack of ability to put it on any machine a customer wants. Taking Jonathan’s argument in the comments on my previous post, I agree that buying a Mac and an Apple product is an experience and OS X enjoys stability because Apple has absolute control over the hardware it is installed on but I don’t believe that experience will be hampered if people are allowed to put OS X on PC hardware. People who want the full Apple experience can and probably will continue to buy Apple hardware but for the person who just wants to run OS X on whatever computer they want for whatever reason, I believe that they should be allowed to. Of course the experience might be hampered and unsupported but at least you can choose that path for yourself instead of Apple forcing you to buy their hardware. I have nothing against Apple hardware. Their machines are well built and aestetically pleasing but I do wish I could put it on my Dell.
In the end, it all comes down to the freedom of choice. A choice that Apple doesn’t want us to have, whether for good or bad, you can decide.